Until we succeed in its global elimination, ending polio remains Rotary’s top humanitarian priority. With poliovirus being reported in previously polio-free areas, including here in the U.S., the past few years have truly shown the importance of helping people understand that as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat to us everywhere. Do your clubs’ and district’s parts by actively participating in World Polio Day, coming up on Tuesday, October 24th. Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs around the world will participate that day, not only to promote awareness of polio, but also to raise funding for our polio eradication efforts. Join us in helping to show the world the tenacity of Rotary members in accomplishing the goal of a polio-free world.
Action steps you can take:
- Get ideas and plan an event to publicize the need and Rotary’s efforts at eradication;
- Organize a high school “purple pinkie” or other fundraiser dedicated to ending polio;
- Use sample messages to spread the word about polio and Rotary’s role in ending it on social media;
- Make a personal or club donation;
- Register the action your club will take on this day;
- Check out World Polio Day resources for other ideas.
But most of all, don’t just sit there, do something!